There is no doubt that automatic pool cleaners are one of the greatest recent advancements in the pool industry. Vacuuming your pool is inconvenient, labor intensive and requires special equipment. And yet debris can make your filters and pumps work harder, leaving you without a nice clean pool more often.
Enter the extreme convenience of automatic pool cleaners. These handy devices keep your pool sparking, with very little effort on your part. Just drop the pool cleaner in the water and let it go to work.
The only problem is there are so many out there to choose from. We’ll help you do a little of your homework right here so that you can make an informed buying decision.
There are basically 3 types of automatic pool cleaners: Pressure side, suction side and robotic. Before you begin, consult with your pool professional (or just give us a call) to help determine which type your pool is designed for.
A pressure side cleaner uses the pressure of the water as it gets returned back into the pool to propel itself around the pool’s bottom and walls, vacuuming up all dirt and debris. These are effective and a good option for older pools that have a large amount of debris.
The most commonly used on newer pools, suction side cleaners work best on pools with smaller debris and dust. The cleaners attach to the suction side of the pool’s plumbing, either on the skimmer or on a separate side port specifically designated for the cleaner (usually on newer pools). The dirt goes through the hose and into the pool’s pump strainer basket, leaf canister and/or pool filter.
Robotic cleaners are the best, as well as the most expensive of the automatic pool cleaners. The one pictured runs about $500. They are also the most convenient—just place them in the water and they do all the work, traveling up the sides of the pool and even up stairs. With a built-in motor and filtration they operate completely independently from your pool system. There’s no extra booster pump, no hose extension, and no debris to get stuck in your pool filter. It is no wonder that the robotic cleaner is quickly becoming the automatic pool cleaner of choice.
There are other factors to consider, including pricing, so call us for recommendations on the best automatic pool cleaners for your pool.
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